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    My grandmother (she has no blood relation to me) make me help her pay her bills when I just got a job and turned 17? I've been working for maybe 2 months and she started saying that i need to help pay bills. She has honestly has not done anything for me since I was 15. I've relied on myself to pay my phone bill, food (breakfast and lunch when I'm going to school), school supplies, and any clothing I have. I work my ass off all week and she wants to control what I spend and how I spend it. She let her grandson move in about a month ago and he put internet in because they wanted it and wants me to help because I got a job now, knowing that i don't use it because my phone has unlimited high speed data. And if I say no she won't let me work?? Can she do this?

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    Re: can my grandparents make me pay bills

    Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline – we’re glad you found us. It really shows that you’ve got a good head on your shoulders that you’re reaching out to see what your rights are in your home. It’s so impressive that you’ve been self-sufficient and supported yourself over the past years – those types of things aren’t typically the responsibility of teenagers, and it really sounds like you’ve taken on so much. However, it – understandably – sounds like you’re feeling taken advantage of by your grandmother and her grandson.

    We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but a lot of the answer to your question depends on your custodial relationship with your grandmother. Is she your legal guardian? Legal guardians are responsible for taking care of their kids, and it’s possible that some of these actions you’ve described could constitute neglect. Those rules might not apply if it’s an alternative living arrangement agreed upon by your legal guardians. You can always give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) to talk through your situation in more detail so we have a better sense of your options. We could connect you with legal aid in your area or child protective services as appropriate. We’re on your team and are happy to talk through the option that works best for you.

    Again, it takes a lot of strength to reach out for support and we’re glad you did. Stay strong!

    Best of luck,
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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